The Precautionary Principle and the Dilemma Objection

Ethics, Policy and Environment 16 (3):321-340 (2013)

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The dilemma objection charges that ?weak? versions of the precautionary principle (PP) are vacuous while ?strong? ones are incoherent. I respond that the ?weak? versus ?strong? distinction is misleading and should be replaced with a contrast between PP as a meta-rule and PP proper. Meta versions of PP require that the decision-making procedures used for environmental policy not be susceptible to paralysis by scientific uncertainty. Such claims are substantive because they often recommend against basing environmental policy decisions on cost?benefit analysis. I argue that the second horn of the dilemma fails as a result of disregarding the role of proportionality in applications of PP
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